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John Askey post Burton Albion

14 August 2018


John Askey post Burton Albion

14 August 2018

Gaffers thoughts after the Carabao Cup defeat to Burton Albion

Shrewsbury Town’s Carabao Cup campaign came to an early end, after losing out 2-1 to Burton Albion in the first round.

Despite taking the lead in the first half through Shaun Whalley, the Brewers fought back and scored two goals against Town and progressed to the next round of the competition.

Askey was disappointed with the result and felt his team could have done more in the second half.

“I thought we were very naïve,” Askey said. “First half we played well and should have gone in at half time one nil up.

“I think it was our free-kick or corner that we haven’t picked up and we let the break on us and it has cost us.

“From that point we seemed to find it hard work when we came out in the second half.  They were always going to improve and we probably gave them a lift just before half time.

“Again, we have created chances but the second half performance, I thought once they got the second goal we panicked a little bit.”

Despite the result, John feels his side are performing well in parts and feels a positive result isn’t far away.

“We kept it simple, kept the ball moving and Shaun gets in and finishes it great,” the gaffer said.

“Again, it’s what if. I thought by going a goal up they would come out and we would have got more goals.

“I don’t think we are a million miles away, but we need to get the balance right in the team.

“With Ollie coming off, the balance wasn’t right and Anthony Grant isn’t fit enough yet to be on for that long. It left us a little weaker in midfield with three midfielders on who are forward thinking.”

Town will have an opportunity to bounce back immediately, with the fixture against Blackpool at the Montgomery Waters Meadow.



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